Canada warns refugees, immigrants about phone extortion scams

Canada warns refugees, immigrants about phone extortion scams

Tue Apr 5, 2016 11:31 am EDT
By Ethan Lou

TORONTO (Reuters) – Telephone scammers have begun to target refugees in Canada with extortion schemes by posing as government employees and threatening them with arrest or deportation unless they immediately wire money, Canadian authorities said.

With complaints to Canada’s government surging, law enforcement officials last week warned that the scammers were taking aim at immigrants and refugees.

Complaints to the Canadian government about the extortion scams last year reached more than 15,000, 10 times higher than in 2014, and at least 5,200 complaints already have been lodged this year, Canada’s Anti-Fraud Centre said on Monday.

The Liberal government has taken in some 25,000 Syrian refugees since taking power in November, and Immigration Minister John McCallum last week said Canada would accept 10,000 more.

The warning by Canada’s Competition Bureau did not specify how scammers are targeting refugees and immigrants. Marie-France Faucher, a spokeswoman for the law enforcement agency, said the warning was issued mainly due to the “arrival of a number of new immigrants and refugees to Canada over the past year.”


WANTED: Calin Nicula allegedly involved in debit card skimming scheme

28years old/M
Height: 5 ft 11 inch / 180 cm
Weight:181 lb / 82 kg
Financial Crimes
Details of Investigation
It is alleged that the accused is involved in an organized debit card skimming scheme. Total loss reported by financial institutions is estimated at $300,000.
Toronto Police Service in conjunction with Crime Stoppers are seeking the assistance of the community in helping to locate this person.We encourage all citizens to stand up for what is right, and be a witness wherever they see a Crime. Ideally any information that you have should be called in directly to the investigating Police Officer. However, Crime Stoppers understands the need for anonymity and thus have provided this service to facilitate the flow of anonymous information to investigating Police Officers.

Crime Stoppers is a community operated. It is a; local provincial, national and international service to provide ANONYMOUS information to Law Enforcement. In Canada, the anonymity of a Crime Stoppers tip is protected by case law of the Supreme Court of Canada.

There are three ways to submit a tip to Toronto Crime Stoppers:

Phone Local: 416-222-TIPS (8477) / Toll Free: 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)

Chinese citizen Bao Sheng Zhong arrested in fake gold scam

CTV Vancouver: Arrest in fake gold scam
A gold scam that made its way around the world arrived in Metro Vancouver, where investors are duped into thinking they’re buying history.
CTV Vancouver
Published Monday, June 29, 2015 1:40PM PDT
Last Updated Monday, June 29, 2015 8:11PM PDT

B.C. Mounties have arrested a 44-year-old Chinese national accused of bilking locals into buying fake gold ingots and Buddha figurines.

The victims were befriended by a man claiming to be from the construction industry, who told them he’d unearthed the treasures by chance along with an ancient will.

It’s unclear how many people the alleged fraudster approached, but the RCMP said two women and a man from across the Lower Mainland were tricked into paying for the phony gold.

 Gold ingots and Buddha figurines

The RCMP has arrested a man accused of selling fake ingots and Buddha figurines to Lower Mainland residents. June 29, 2015. (Handout)

Mounties said similar crimes have been reported in other parts of the world, including Japan, Singapore and the U.S., but this appears to be the first case in Canada.

“We pulled all the stops. We hated seeing this type of crime occurring in our backyard,” Const. Jon Francis of the Richmond RCMP Economic Crime Unit said in a statement.

The victims tested the ingots before buying them, but the RCMP said the scammer managed to switch in a sample of authentic gold using sleight of hand.

Anyone purchasing high-value gold items is urged to have them individually tested by an independent testing facility, and to obtain legal counsel for their protection.

The accused, Bao Sheng Zhong, is charged with three counts of fraud. The RCMP said Zhong is a Chinese citizen who has been living in Richmond.

Vancouver lawyers see difficulties in China’s efforts to extract Ching for accused corruption

Vancouver lawyers see difficulties in China’s efforts to extract Ching for accused corruption

May 12,2015

VANCOUVER, May 11 (Xinhua) — A flurry of ongoing Canadian court actions and the lack of an extradition treaty between China and Canada may block Michael Mo Yeung Ching from being deported to face corruption allegations in China, a Vancouver lawyer said on Monday.

“We’ve got no extradition treaty with China,” immigration lawyer Rudolf Kischer told Xinhua in an interview. “The rule of law prevails in Canada, and the law says if you’re a permanent resident, you have the right to remain in Canada.”

Ching is a wealthy developer now residing in Vancouver, who is wanted by China on corruption accusations.

Kischer said the elements of the case so far suggest that the Canadian government “has no way of kicking him out,” unless they can prove that he lied or hid information that led to his securing of permanent residency status in Canada in the mid-1990s.

Ching, 45, is accused by China of graft and corruption dating back to the late 1990s. The high profile businessman in Vancouver became a Canadian permanent resident in 1996, according to his lawyer. But Ching has since been denied Canadian citizenship.

Mo Yeung Ching (Muyang Cheng) suing Canadian government for $1.75 million for denying him “statutory, constitutional, as well as international treaty rights”

Interpol issued this picture along with a wanted notice for Muyang Cheng. An Immigration and Refugee Board decision confirms he is also known as developer Mo Yeung (Michael) Ching. (Interpol)

IRB decision confirms Mo Yeung (Michael) Ching wanted by Interpol, Ching’s lawyer says no merit to allegations

By Jason Proctor, CBC News Posted: May 02, 2015 11:44 AM PT Last Updated: May 02, 2015 2:58 PM PT

Prominent Vancouver developer Mo Yeung (Michael) Ching lost his bid for refugee status because he is wanted by Chinese authorities for embezzlement, according to newly obtained Immigration and Refugee Board documents.

IRB panelist Gordon McRae rejected Ching’s claim for refugee status last October after finding he may have “committed a serious, non-political crime outside of Canada.”

Ching and two other men are accused of defrauding China’s Hebei provincial government out of $502,040 as part of a land deal in the late 1990s.

Also known as Muyang Cheng

The IRB decision, obtained by CBC through Winnipeg Federal Court, confirms that the 45-year-old developer is also known as Muyang Cheng, the man identified on an Interpol arrest warrant.

“The elements of the crime lead me to conclude that it is what would be described in Canada as a ‘White Collar Crime,'” McRae wrote.

“It was committed by well-educated, well-connected, well-established persons, one of whom was in a position of trust.”

The IRB decision lends clarity to confusion that arose after the Chinese government released a list of 100 economic fugitives last month.

The list contains the same picture as an Interpol ‘wanted’ notice for a man named Muyang Cheng.

Chinese media reported Cheng was Mo Yeung (Michael) Ching, but his Canadian lawyers wouldn’t confirm the match.

McRae’s decision leaves no doubt: “In July 2000, he permanently moved to Vancouver and opened his own land development company called Mo Yeung International, a company he runs to this day.”

Denies all allegations

However, in an emailed statement to CBC News on Saturday, Ching’s lawyer, David Lunny, said the allegations against his client are entirely without merit.

“Mr. Ching immigrated to Canada from China openly and without subterfuge. There were no charges against him in China and no grounds for any charges,” Lunny said.

“He did not flee from anything and he has never been in hiding. He was not then and is not now a fugitive. The accusations which are now made against him by the Chinese government and repeated in the media here are without foundation and they emanated only after a change in the leadership of the Chinese political regime.”

DARTMOUTH: Nigerian man scammed by member of his own tribe

Published April 8, 2015 – 5:53pm
Retiree sheltered woman who left him on hook for $34,000 on loan he co-signed
Dartmouth resident Olusegun Odusanya has a tale of warning after being ripped off for more than $30,000 by a Nigerian friend. (TIM KROCHAK / Staff)

Dartmouth resident Olusegun Odusanya has a tale of warning after being ripped off for more than $30,000 by a Nigerian friend. (TIM KROCHAK / Staff)
He first thought he’d experienced a miracle, but Olusegun Odusanya ended up regretting his decision to open his Dartmouth home to a woman from his Nigerian homeland almost three years ago.

Odusanya, 65 and recently retired from the Department of National Defence, is now on the hook for $34,000 from a loan he co-signed and is frustrated by child welfare laws that block his attempts to locate the woman’s two daughters, who also spent time in his home.

He moved from Nigeria to Toronto in 1973, ended up marrying a woman from Nova Scotia and later began living here.

In the summer of 2012 he received a short Facebook message from a Nigerian woman who was in the area and wanted to meet him. He did not respond.

A short time later, he was at a beach picnic put on by the local Nigerian association when he was introduced to the same woman, who spoke of his hometown and some of his relatives.

“How can I explain it?” Odusanya said of the decisions he was to make.

He spoke of coming to Canada with nothing and leaving so many family members and friends behind. Meeting someone who, like him, is of the Yoruba tribe meant a lot.

He later talked with some family members in Nigeria and Texas and pieced together information that seemed to support her story.

“It’s a miracle,” he said of meeting her.

A religious man, he wanted to show his appreciation for all that God gave him.

“How can I say ‘thank you’ to God for his goodness towards me?”

Odusanya said he’s previously opened his door to Africans in need of help.

Because of Canada’s law regarding youths, the woman will be referred to under the pseudonym Mary Amah. Using her real name could identify her children, some of whom eventually came to Canada, moved in with the Odusanyas and later ended up in the care of the Community Services Department.

Amah had been staying with a local religious leader but Odusanya invited her to move in with him and his wife about a week after they met. She claimed to be a medical doctor, widowed with six children. She said she wanted to move to Canada but couldn’t afford the fees involved with obtaining a doctor’s licence.